Looking Ahead

In another issue related to the Ski Bowl Park area - Goodspeed informed the Board that improvements to the park would begin in 2009. The park received a large "improvement grant" in 2008. Weather permitting, the community tennis courts will be resurfaced as soon as possible with additional improvements to follow shortly thereafter.

He also announced that Johnsburg resident, Kelly Nessle, would immediately replace Joel Beaudin as the grant coordinator for the park projects.

In other business, Goodspeed discussed an ongoing issue with the maintenance of rural, unsafe, and uninhabited roads in the town. The issue was raised by Town Highway Superintendent, Dan Hitchcock, after his assessment of the Highway Department plowing routes.

Hitchcock listed several area roads that the town was legally bound to maintain but continued to prove hazardous to Highway Department personnel and equipment.

Goodspeed supported the observations and discussed some of the historical issues surrounding a large number of questionable roads being assumed by the Town in the last two decades.

One road in particular, Pasco Road, at the southern edge of Johnsburg, was cited as being unsafe due to the lack of a suitable turn-around. Highway drivers consistently find that an existing turn-around at the end of the (dead end) road is blocked, requiring them to back out to Route 28.

While a clear solution to the problem was not defined during the discussion, the Board agreed to have the Town attorney draft a letter to some area property owners. The letter would serve as a reminder to the property owners in the interest of keeping turn-around areas and roadways clear during the winter plowing season.

Several concerns were raised by the audience regarding the plowing of seemingly private roads or driveways. After consulting with the Town's attorney, Goodspeed confirmed that the Town could not easily abandon any roads and would have to resolve the issue through other means.

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